By Kelly Brantzi*
Kelly Brantzi is a 3L at Vermont Law School where she is a Managing Editor on the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. This post is part of the Environmental Law Review Syndicate.
The summer of 2017 set the West on fire, both physically and politically. By early September, the Western states had 65 fires burning at once. As millions of acres burned—along with the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) budget—lawmakers gathered in Congress to create a “fire funding fix.” Summer 2018 will likely be no different—even after the celebrated passage of the bipartisan 2018 Omnibus spending bill focused on new budget appropriations for wildfire suppression and prevention. Argued here, the USFS’s budgeting problem represents only one straw in a dry, hot haystack.